Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is honored to have hosted the 2019 Fall Taekwon-Do International Invitational Tournament. The Fall TKDI Invitational Tournament is hosted annually by Asheville Sun Soo, and this year’s event was the first invitational tournament held in our new River Ridge location!
Master Instructors and students from several different schools participated and contributed to a fantastic day! Competition was rigorous, respectful, and challenging and allowed students from different schools to share brackets, which made the day fun as well as a valuable way to develop and improve martial arts skills.
Students ages 3-80 competed in different areas of practice – forms (patterns), sparring, and board breaks. Competing in these areas provided competitors with multiple opportunities to cheer for their fellow practitioners, make new friends from participating schools, and to notice things about their own practices – all of which contribute to growth as a martial artist!
We want to give special thanks and recognition to 9th Dan Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, President and Founder of Taekwon-do International, 9th Dan Grandmaster Terry Brumley, Founder of United Taekwon-Do Alliance, 8th Dan Grandmaster Barry Partridge, 7th Dan Master John Meany, 7th Dan Master James Marr, and 5th Dan Master Shay Tippens – as well as all their participating students – for their collective contributions to the 2019 TKDI Invitational Tournament.
Congratulations to all who competed! We look forward to seeing our sister schools at future events!
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts once again enjoyed tremendous student participation in our demonstration at this year’s Leicester Elementary School annual Fall Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity to show our support for teacher Amy Vaughn, a 2nd degree Black Belt practitioner at our school and first grade teacher at Leicester Elementary, as well as for families and education in general.
Students of varied ages and ranks demonstrated forms, self-defense techniques, and board breaks for an engaged and interested crowd of elementary school students, teachers, and families.
We love supporting our local community and are proud of the community contributions all our students make on a regular basis. If you are interested in booking Asheville Sun Soo for a martial arts demonstration for your group or organization, please contact Grandmaster Tony Morris at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts 828-505-4309.
Every year, the people of Western North Carolina are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite businesses in the area. We are proud to share that once again, Asheville Sun Soo has been voted #1 in the “Best of WNC” voting in several categories! We are honored to be recognized with this distinction, and are grateful for the support of the Asheville Sun Soo family and friends!
The categories in which we were voted #1 in WNC are:
- Best Kids Martial Arts Program *
- Best Martial Arts Studio *
- Best Parent’s Night Out Program * for our Kid’s Night Out program
- Best Kids After School Program
- Best Day Camp
In addition, we were voted the 3rd best Youth Sports Program in the Asheville area!
Thanks to all who voted!
* Indicates Hall of Fame status. This designation is reserved for winners who have won first place for at least 4 years in a row, including the current year!
Several years ago, while attending a training in leadership, I saw a most remarkable demonstration. The primary point was profound. The materials used were familiar. And the contrast between the profundity of the point and the commonness of the props gave great amplification to the impact of the demonstration. It was incredibly simple — with straight forward results. And yet I knew, in a very specific and memorable moment, that I would forever see and experience life differently — from that reference mark forward!
The materials used included two individual, uniquely and specifically shaped clear glass vessels, as well as one large pitcher of water. The first vessel was about a foot tall and narrow, about two inches wide and square in its cross-section. The second vessel was short – about six inches tall, pear-shaped and approximately six inches in diameter at its widest point.
Without saying a word, the demonstrator lifted the pitcher of water and proceeded to carefully and slowly pour the water into the first glass vessel. Read more
Compassion…the Magical Key to ONE
Contrary to some popular belief, the ultimate aim of an authentic martial arts practice is to become “one-with” “another” and in so doing there is no basis for conflict, for there is no basis for “separateness”. The key resource for this expression is “compassion”. Read more
A: Life is Rich … In the State of Appreciation
As you may know, bowing is common in the culture of an authentic martial arts practice. Practitioners bow when they first enter the space of practice. They bow to each other upon greeting and parting. They bow to the flags, one representing their country of residence and the other representing the country of their art’s origin. Students bow to their instructors and instructors, in turn bow back to their students. They bow again upon stepping onto and then again upon exiting the official practice area (“dojang” for Korean arts, dojo for Japanese arts, etc.,.). Then during practice, they bow again, to each new partner they engage with for part of class. They seem to be bowing all the time!
So what’s with all the bowing? On the surface, it would appear to be a simple mechanic of etiquette, – a gesture of respect – that seemingly occurs at every turn in a martial arts setting. Sometimes, the gesture is misinterpreted – or even actually misused – as some sort of a power trip intended to create an atmosphere of servitude. The true purpose however, runs deep and is powerfully effective in its original intent. The true purpose of bowing is to facilitate appreciation – in the form of both 1) “dignified respect” and 2) “gratitude”.
The idea is to remind ourselves of all that is around us that is worthy of respect and for which we are fortunate – and therefore thankful – to be able to experience. Through engaging the body and dedicating a moment for punctuation, the act of bowing helps the martial artist to “land” all of these moments of awareness. In accumulating these many moments of appreciation, the martial artist experiences a profound sense of fulfillment and well-being and sense of connection to everything. This sense of well-being is nurturing and strengthening and creates an inner stability and positive perspective that dwarfs the negativity in the world.
So how will your life be different if you practice appreciating throughout the day? And while bowing is not part of our western culture, you may substitute whatever mechanic or gesture you are comfortable with. A gentle nod, a knowing smile, a touch to the shoulder or an extra moment of eye-contact are just a few of the ways we can punctuate a moment of appreciation in our everyday lives.
It has been said by many leaders that we “become what we think about most of the time”. What if we take that a step further – “we become what we experience most of the time”. And we experience what we practice. And we choose what we practice. It’s all framing! And we are the framers! So look for — and then frame — all that is worthy of respect and gratitude. BE appreciative and you’ll discover a world that is rich in resources and opportunity and all that is necessary to nourish the soul. And in the process, you’ll discover the martial artist in you…
Energy is fascinating! We have it, need it, want it, spend it, trap it, hoard it, share it, enjoy it, replenish it, transform it, benefit from it, create with it, destroy with it, love with it, understand through it, expand and contract with it… and through it all exist AS it – Energy…!
The more we understand and experience energy and ourselves and everything else as energy, the better able we are to fully and consciously engage in life. An authentic martial arts practice provides an excellent opportunity for self-development through exploring and experiencing fundamental principles of energy… Read more
Life is rich with relationships. Give and take, cause and effect and consequential sequencing are among the most prominent relationship models between things, people, factors and entities. Consequential sequencing—the effect or consequence one thing has on another, and the resulting sequence—is the most fascinating.
One of life’s more powerful consequential sequences is the relationship between the qualities of capability, humility and respect. These states of being are often misunderstood individually, collectively, and in their respective relationship to each other. An authentic martial arts practice provides a rich opportunity for them to be experienced, explored, understood and, ultimately, powerfully employed.
The Sequence of Capability, Humility and Respect
Capability relates to developing and then possessing an ability for particular skills or knowledge. As we develop an ability, we begin appreciating our capability and feel compelled to explore ourselves, and life, more deeply. This exploration leads us to realize how vast the universe is, how relatively small as individual entities we are in comparison, and how much more there is to learn and to live—a humbling process. The resulting humility allows us to share our capabilities and benefit others, ultimately earning their appreciative esteem and respect. Capability invites humility, which in turn creates respect.
This sequence can work in reverse, as well. When we are respected by others without using force, our resulting appreciation for that respect creates humility. The sharing and accessible state of humility keeps us engaged in our area of accomplishment/knowledge, thereby sustaining capability. The flow of this sequence, in one direction and then the other, is one of the more powerful and pleasurable oscillations of life.
Although an authentic martial arts practice can provide a rich environment in which to experience and develop and accelerate this consequential sequence, we can start right now with where we are in this moment. . So start today, by practicing and experiencing capability, humility and respect… and discover the martial artist in you!
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